Thursday, 14 May 2015

The right tools for the job

My students today tested ordinary watercolour paper from a well known art materials supplier and paper from the fabulous St Cuthberts Mill.

Students working in the Art Shed 

Key watercolour painting techniques such as working wet-on-dry or wet-on-wet require a good watercolour flow properties. Also, the paper must retain the strength of tones applied. Cheap paper will just absorb the water and the pigment, thus diluting the colour tones and restricting pigment flow.

The St Cuthberts Saunders Waterford is the only paper I use for commissioned works and my own creations. It is treated with gelatine which gives the surface added qualities and strength. The paper fibres not only assist with the flow of pigment it also retains the colour tones.

I like to work in multi media styles, combining watercolours with coloured pencils. The Saunders Waterford paper capable of handling coloured pencils with utter ease; coloured pencils layers can be as many as 20 or more layers and still able to take the coloured pencils pressures.

The Rosemary & Co. brushes my students were using are the Series 304 mops. These brushes are just beauty in the shape of a brush: you can make generous watercolour washes but you can also make fine controlled lines. The brushes feel stable and balanced in the hand which helps beginners by making them feel in control thus boosting their confidence and help them achieve good results.

The right materials influence the final results. If you are having problems with watercolours then give the Saunders Waterford and the Rosemary's brushes a try.

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